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This is the website of David Hamilton (b. 1955), one of New Zealand's most widely performed composers. Until 2001 Head of Music at Epsom Girls Grammar School in Auckland, from 2002 he has been concentrating on composing, reducing teaching commitments to part-time. He continued to work with Opus, the top choir of Epsom Girls Grammar School until the end of 2003, and conducted St Mary's Schola (St Mary's College 2008-2012). He was a foundation member of the New Zealand Youth Choir (1979-1982), has been composer-in-residence with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (1999), and has also been Deputy Music Director of Auckland Choral (1996-2011).

With a strong interest and involvement in choral music, Hamilton's music is being increasingly performed by choirs around the world. Recent significant performances have been in Italy, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, and the USA, and works have been commissioned by choirs in England, Japan, Ireland, the USA and Finland.

He is also active as a choral adjudicator, having been invited to Japan in 2000 (Takarazuka International Chamber Choir Contest) and 2003 (Japan Choral Association high schools choir competition), and to Hawaii in 2005 (Pacific Basin Music Festival). In September 2009 he was an adjudicator and workshop leader at the Trelew international choir competition in Argentina, and in 2012 received an invitation to be an adjudicator at the prestigious Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales (with a return invitation in 2013). Also in demand as a workshop presenter in New Zealand and overseas. He has lectured in both the School of Music and School of Education at the University of Auckland. In 2013 he was guest composer at Sing Aotearoa, the national choral event, and composed the work which everyone performed at 'The Forest Sing'. In early 2015 he was composer-in-residence at the NZ Singing School.

He is also busy as a choral conductor with community choirs, having worked with Tauranga Civic Choir, Napier Civic Choir, Pakuranga Choral Society, Taupo Choral Society and South Auckland Choral Society, as well as conducting Auckland Choral on several occasions. Major works conducted include Lambert's 'The Rio Grande', Haydn's 'Nelson' Mass (three times) and 'Little Organ Mass', Handel's 'Samson', Mozart's 'Requiem' and Clarinet Concerto, Saint Saens 'Christmas Oratorio', Gounod's 'Saint Cecilia' Mass, Mendelssohn's "Vom himmel hoch" and "Elijah", Bach cantatas, and Britten's 'Ceremony of Carols', along with a number of his own choral cycles.

Full biographical details and lists of works can be accessed on other pages.

Available now from the composer

Music for Mixed-Voice Choirs Volume 3

Includes two works with orchestra written for Auckland Choral" - The Necessary Rain"
and "Anthem for Doomed Youth", plus a selection of other works for mixed-voice choirs.




Works completed through to June are:
"A Small Garden of Songs"
(soprano, violin and harp) - for students of ACG Parnell College
"Ave verum corpus"
(SSAATTBB) - commissioned by the NZ Youth Choir for the 2016 European tour
(soprano and baritone soloists, SAATBB choir, 2 pianos and 6 percussion) - commissioned by Auckland Choral
(SSAATTBB, organ) - for Choralation (Westlake Girls and Boys High schools)
"Karakia of the Moon" (SSAA, piano) - for Cantare (Westlake Girls High School)
"The Stars are with the Voyager" (SA, piano) - for Nota Bella (Westlake Girls High School)
"Floradora Doe" (SA, piano) - for En Masse (Westlake Girls High School)
"Parlour Games"
(string quartet) - for the Jade Quartet
"When the Sun Comes After  Rain" (SATB, piano) - for ACG Parnell Chamber Choir
"The Musical Director" (SATB, piano) - for Taupo Choral Society on the occasion of its 40th birthday

Still ahead is a new work for the NZ Choral Federation branch in the Hawkes Bay.



The premiere of "The Faraday Cage" on 16 September 2015 (with subsequent performances on the 18th and 20th) generated some very positive reviews and also this article in the NZ Herald. Headlined "Emotional contact is essential" the article covered some of my philosophy of composition, in particular the importance of working with community groups. Here is the link:




"Wairua" for solo harp won 1st place in the 2014 competition for a new work for solo harp, organised by the University of Waikato and the Harp Society of NZ. The work ("Wairua") was presented at the international World Harp Congress in Sydney in July 2014. The judging panel praised the work for its "...skilful composition and imaginative use of the resources of the concert harp, while also opening up a very engaging sound world for listeners".



On the "Music" page is a sample of "In Flanders Fields" for SATB choir and piano. Composed for the 2013 Passchendaele commemoration at Auckland Museum, it becoming a popular piece for ANZAC Day commemorations also. Available in a version for SSA and piano, and also available with orchestral accompaniment.

Feel free to contact me if you want any further information on anything - my contact details are on the Contact Me page.